An Aberdeen bar manager has hailed pedestrianisation as the best way to bring cafe culture to the city centre.
Nick Gordon, who runs the cocktail bar Orchid, has backed proposals by Aberdeen City Council to restrict traffic on Langstane Place, Justice Mill Lane and Windmill Brae.
Under the proposals, vehicles would be banned from the three routes during the evening to make the area safer for pedestrians and to boost income for local businesses.
He said: “There are several different businesses just on this section of the street, including the Boozy Cow, the Bauhaus Hotel, Cafe Harmony and Soul, so we’ve got a good mix of hotels, bars and cafes, and being able to serve food and drink outside would help all of us massively.
“We do well in the winter because the bar is dark and cosy, but summer is sometimes difficult for us because when it’s sunnier, people will go to the beer gardens to enjoy the weather.
“Cafe culture is definitely something that would boost the standing of Aberdeen as a modern city.”